August 26, 2011
The leader of the local Democratic Party criticized Republican State Rep. Andrew Brenner for his association with a Powell business that owes more than $43,000 in unpaid federal payroll taxes.
“It gets down to these things where people say one thing in their campaigns, and in their personal lives, they’re 180 degrees opposite,” said Ed Helvey, chair of the Delaware County Democratic Party.
The IRS this summer filed a lien against Prestige Music Studios for unpaid taxes between May 2010 and March 2011. The business is owned by Brenner’s wife, Sara Marie Brenner, a member of Powell City Council.
Andrew Brenner is listed as vice president of Prestige Music Studios on websites for his political campaign and his elected office.
Andrew Brenner put $18,000 of his own money into his primary campaign for office last March. That coincides with the same time period the business allegedly failed to pay its taxes, Helvey said.
“(Brenner) sells himself as a business-savvy fiscal conservative who is robbing Peter to pay Paul just to advance his political career,” Helvey said.
Sara Marie Brenner did not discuss the issue on the record earlier this week, and did not return a call Thursday. Andrew Brenner, a former Delaware County recorder who was elected to the Statehouse last November, did not return messages seeking comment for this story.